Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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Carceral Capitalism
Jackie Wang
Wang's perspective is both scholarly and poetic, perfect for drawing close analyses of complex political interconnections. --Recommended by Ivy
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Year of the Monkey
Patti Smith
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. ––Recommended by Stacey
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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell
Collected for the first time, the complete surviving works of a major African-American Beat Surrealist poet. ––Recommended by Paul Yamazaki, head book buyer, City Lights Bookstore
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The Water Dancer
A Novel
Ta-Nehisi Coates
From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. ––Recommended by Paul
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Inland
A Novel
Téa Obreht
The bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife returns with "a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West" ––Recommended by Anna
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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
A Novel
Olga Tokarczuk
"Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." —Annie Proulx ––Recommended by Christopher P.
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Doomstead Days
"I'm in awe of Brian Teare’s wonderful new book: Standing as threshold between our own capacity to discover natural wonders and the understanding of how it is all being destroyed (sometimes simply by our presence) is an extraordinary place to remain open to the world."––Recommended by Chris C., City Lights Publishers
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Undocumented Lives
The Untold Story of Mexican Migration
Ana Raquel Minian
Undocumented Lives tells the story of Mexicans who have been used and abused by the broader economic and political policies of Mexico and the United States. ––Recommended by Josiah
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IrRational Music
Elliott Sharp
A memoir and manifesto by a pivotal figure at the junction of rock, the avant-garde, and an ever-widening spiral of art, theater, film, and dance. ––Recommended by Michael
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Sabrina & Corina
Stories
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
"Themes of abandonment, heritage and an eternal sense of home are at the heart of these stories about Latina Indigenous women who navigate their land of Denver, Colorado, the way they navigate their own lives; with cautious grace and a quiet enduring force."––Recommended by Josiah
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Internment
Samira Ahmed
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. ––Recommended by Caitlyn
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water/tongue
mai c. doan
Elegiac poems that offer a glimpse of the possibilities beyond and in spite of the narrative. ––Recommended by Josiah
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Ascend Ascend
Janaka Stucky
Equal parts Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” Ascend Ascend documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine. ––Recommended by Caitlyn
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Tears of the Trufflepig
A Novel
Fernando A. Flores
One of The Daily Beast's Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019, one of Lit Hub and The Millions's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, one of Buzzfeed and Tor.com's Books to Read This Spring, and one of the Chicago Review of Books' Best New Books of May. ––Recommended by Paul

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